February 18, 2019
TENET and the Sebastians
TENET and the Sebastians
Joanne Bouknight

TENET Vocal Artists and the Sebastians, two of New York City’s most esteemed early music ensembles, re-unite for performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29, 2019, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Chelsea. Like their previous collaborations, the scaled-down interpretations will be performed without a conductor.

TENET Vocal Artists and their Artistic Director Jolle Greenleaf are acclaimed for peerless vocal artistry, astute programming and a collaborative spirit. The instrumentalists of the Sebastians are hailed for connecting to audiences through dynamic and vital performances. Together, the ensembles’ joint performances of choral masterworks have attracted attention for their combination of intimacy and exhilaration.

TENET Vocal Artists and the Sebastians collaborated in April 2017, for a performance of J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion that was singled out by The New York Times as “riveting … compelling … stellar.” This past December the ensembles came together for Messiah and once again drew praise from The New York Times for the conductorless group’s “laserlike focus,” “soul-baring sincerity” and, in a chock-full Messiah season, “Best Orchestra.”

The Lenten-time performances of St. Matthew Passion will be directed from the chamber organ by the Sebastians’ music director Jeffrey Grossman. TENET Vocal Artists’ streamlined forces – just 14 singers – highlight the artistry of each individual performer involved.

St. Matthew Passion is the final performance in TENET Vocal Artists’ 10th anniversary season. The Sebastians’ next concert continues the violin-centric theme of their 2018-19 season with The Art of the Violin, featuring solos, duos and concerti grossi of the Baroque era, on May 7, 2019.

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For further information, image or interview requests please contact Melanne Mueller, MusicCo International, +1 917 907 2785 or +44 (0) 7788 662 461, melanne@musiccointernational.com

For further information about TENET Vocal Artists, please visit http://www.tenet.nyc

For further information about the Sebastians, please visit https://www.sebastians.org  

Thursday, March 28, 2019 – 7:00 pm; Friday, March 29, 2019 – 7:00 pm
Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685 – 1750)
St. Matthew Passion

TENET Vocal Artists
Jolle Greenleaf, Teresa Wakim sopranos
Doug Dodson, Virginia Warnken Kelsey altos
Jason McStoots, Gene Stenger tenors
Aaron Sheehan tenor (Evangelist)
Tyler Duncan baritone (Jesus)
Sumner Thompson, Charles Wesley Evans basses
Martha Cluver, Daniel Moody, Donald Meineke, Enrico Lagasca ripienists

the Sebastians
David Ross, Andrea LeBlanc, Immanuel Davis, Mili Chang flutes
Gonzalo X. Ruiz, Kristin Olson, Caroline Gassy, Julie Brye oboes
Daniel S. Lee, Alana Youssefian, Chloe Fedor, Beth Wenstrom, Augusta McKay Lodge, Nicholas DiEugenio, Karen Dekker, Francis Liu, Tatiana Daubek, Dongmyung Ahm violins
Theresa Solomon, Stephen Goist, Lisa Rautenberg, Scot Moore violas
Ezra Seltzer, Shirley Hunt cellos
Wen Yang, Nathaniel Chase contrabasses
Michael Beattie organ
Jeffrey Grossman director

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
346 West 20th Street (at Ninth Avenue)
New York, NY 10011

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